Why Should I Test for Radon?

Radon testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States and Canada. Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home because that is where you spend most of your time.

Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States and Canada is estimated to have an elevated radon level. This may be higher in your local area, contact your local Pillar To Post Home Inspector or your local health department for localized information.


How Does Pillar To Post Test for Radon?

In a real estate transaction, Pillar To Post conducts a short term test using a continuous monitor to provide a snapshot of the home to see if it has elevated levels of Radon. Testing takes approximately 2-3 days and results are provided, interpreted and the report is sent directly to the client.

If you’re buying a home, both the EPA and Health Canada recommend you have a radon inspection along with your home inspection. Homeowners who are planning on selling their home can also show potential buyers proof of a radon inspection, which is a good idea as radon gains more awareness.

Reasons for Using Continuous Monitors Versus Charcoal Canisters in Testing Radon

  • Employs internal sensors to detect and report movement during test.
  • Interval information logged to determine environment around the monitor was not altered.
  • Records evidence of tampering such as movement and sudden change in environment.
  • Report is available immediately with no need for shipment or reading of anything by a lab.
  • Faster for use in real estate transactions with a short transaction period.

If you would like more information on Radon visit:
USA: www.epa.gov/radon
Canada: www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/radon
World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int/ionizing_radiation/env/radon/en/

Click Here for our “Radon In The Home: What You Need To Know” quick reference sheet.